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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 877-446-9261
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Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West...

Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West Coast's only Battleship - USS Iowa. An adventure on board takes you on a memorable family experience through World War II, Korean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of sailors that lived on the most powerful warship built to date. Visitors tour six decks of wood & steel and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy. The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in Maritime History. Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.

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Wonderful morning out, walking tour across the boat, with very friendly volunteer US service staff, who were fascinating to talk too. If history is your thing, this is a must see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kariong, Australia

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Kariong, Australia
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful morning out, walking tour across the boat, with very friendly volunteer US service staff, who were fascinating to talk too. If history is your thing, this is a must see and do :)

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Hinton, Alberta, Canada
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A trip back in time. This ship was launched in 1942, some 74 years ago. While walking around the exhibit, you can imagine life aboard ship. The volunteers working there were happy to answer questions. Video displays were interesting as was the USS Iowa app that could be downloaded. I have always been interested in the history of naval warfare... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here with my husband and his aunt and while it was nice, I was kind of bored. If you are interested in battleships and war then this is for you. My husband loved it and thought it was the best part of the trip. There certainly was a lot to see and guide around every turn to explain... More 

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Sun Lakes, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife and I both enjoyed this visit a LOT!! While still at the beginning a docent showed us a seal sunning itself on the float next to the ship. Only real complaint was a little difficult to see the films with the sun so bright. Lots of benches scattered around for temporary rest spots. Got to meet one of the... More 

Thank Richard F
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Iowa foundation continues to add and improve the exhibits and its work becoming a member. Easy access to parking but the ship is not accessible as it's a battleship. The wood deck, the size of the guns, turrets, everything is huge. Climbing down original steps means wearing appropriate shoes. Retired Navy personnel add a colorful twist to information given.... More 

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Eldridge, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on the Iowa Hawkeye rally day and it was packed with people. It was a gorgeous day and the Iowa fans came out in huge numbers. I would love to return and tour the ship. Three hundred people can tour the ship at a time, and the line was a two hour wait. We would have loved to... More 

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Waterloo, Ia
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The power was out the day we were there, but that didn't deter us. We are from Iowa and were admitted free. The tour guide that accompanied us was very knowledgeable of the ship. Well worth the visit.

Yulara, Australia
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I toured the USS Iowa right after a cruise holiday that ended in San Pedro. This ship is not just a symbol of American history but also a part of world history and events that will be studied for generations to come. It is the ultimate naval symbol that has lasted the test of time. The staff are friendly and... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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104 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First a few things-not handicapped accessible, there are lots of tight corridors and steep stairs. Wear apprpriate footwear, no sandals or heels. Parking is plentiful and $2 an hour. If you want to park at ports of call and walk it, ports of call parking is free. The ship was great. I learned a lot. My favorite park was speaking... More 

Thank RPVTravelmore
Globe, Arizona
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165 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here this week with grandchildren age 13, and really enjoyed ourselves. The first thing you notice are the volunteers everywhere, eager to tell you stories about the ship's history. The preservation/restoration is exceptionally good, and we enjoyed learning the history of the ship, it's history of presidential visits, it's display of presidential chairs, and the tour of the entire... More 

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